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Gladstone Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Andro Wekua. Working in a diverse array of media \, Wekua has developed a visual language grounded in the exploration of hum an experience through the subtle intersections of individual and collective memory\, personal identity\, and history. Looking to genres such as fantas y\, science fiction\, and horror\, Wekua creates fantastical and often maca bre tableaux\, revealing the complex processes of reconstruction and fragme ntation that continually inform the personal\, social\, and fictive experie nce of remembrance.

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“Dreaming Dreaming” will prese nt a series of new painting\, sculpture\, and collage\, as well as Wekua’s most recent film\, Never Sleep with a Strawberry in Your Mouth II. The pain tings included in the exhibition mark a notable break from Wekua’s earlier work\, revealing a more uniformly abstract approach to imagery. A number of these recent compositions comprise a nearly monochromatic palette\, contai ning only glimpses of the figurative elements and collage techniques charac teristic of his earlier work. Using fully saturated colors to achieve moody \, immersive environments and richly layered landscapes\, Wekua moves betwe en the sincerity of self-reflection and the synthetic imagery of pop cultur e.

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The sculptures on view include models of buildi ngs Wekua remembers from his childhood in Sukhumi\, a seaside town in Georg ia that was devastated by civil war in the early 1990s. Conjuring images fr om memory and supplementing them with online research\, Wekua creates sculp tural representations of buildings\, which contain blank spaces that corres pond to what he refers to as “memory gaps.” Creating pictorial representati ons of the past to better comprehend and grapple with the present\, Wekua m editates on the tenuous boundary between historical reality and the artific ial construct of remembering\, pointing to the inescapable fact that the pa st is always distorted by the subjectivity of memory.

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A catalogue titled “Dreaming Dreaming” will accompany the exhibition. T he book will feature the text "Sebastapolis (Interview with A.)" by Mark vo n Schlegell\, as well as images from the exhibition and photographs of olde r works.

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Andro Wekua was born in 1977 in Georgia\, and studied visual arts there and in Basel\, Switzerland. His work has bee n the subject of solo exhibitions at several museums including Kunsthalle W ien\, Austria\; Kunsthalle Fridericianum\, Kassel\, Germany\; Castello di R ivoli\, Torino\, Italy\; Wiels\, Brussels\, Belgium\, Neue Kunst Halle\, St . Gallen\, Switzerland\; Kunstmuseum Winterthur\, Switzerland\; Museum Boij mans van Beuningen\, Rotterdam\, Netherlands\; Camden Arts Center\, London\ ; the De Haalen Haarlem\, Netherlands\; and Le Magasin\, Grenoble\, France. He has participated in various group shows including the “ILLUMInations” a t the 54th Venice Biennale (2011)\, “Contemplating the Void” at the Guggenh eim Museum in New York (2010)\, “10\,000 Lives\,” 8th Gwangju Biennale\, Gw angju\, South Korea (2010)\, and the 4th Berlin Biennial (2006).

DTEND:20121103 DTSTAMP:20140731T150342 DTSTART:20120921 GEO:40.7488354;-74.0047775 LOCATION:Gladstone Gallery - 24 St.\,515 W. 24th St. \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: “Dreaming Dreaming”\, Andro Wekua UID:232275 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20120920T200000 DTSTAMP:20140731T150342 DTSTART:20120920T180000 GEO:40.7488354;-74.0047775 LOCATION:Gladstone Gallery - 24 St.\,515 W. 24th St. \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: “Dreaming Dreaming”\, Andro Wekua UID:232276 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR